Ipsy – April 2015



If you’re not familiar with it, Ipsy is a $10 (USD)/month subscription service (shipping included for the US / with an additional shipping fee for Canada).  Each month, subscribers receive 4-5 deluxe sample or full-size beauty and skincare products.  You also get a (sometimes) cute makeup bag containing all of the samples.  This month’s bag is a colorful straw number that I can envision holding some small essentials and throwing into a beach bag.

If you find yourself interested and want to sign up using my referral link, you can click here.  If you want to sign up sans referral, this link’s for you.



Fit is one of the 12 shadows in The Balm’s recent Nude Dude palette.  It’s a shimmery copper color that would work well for everyday looks.  Decently pigmented, blends well, and if you decide to use it wet it becomes much more vibrant and shimmery, as you would expect.  Assuming the rest of the shadows in the palette are similar, I would recommend the purchase… especially if you can grab it for half off during one of HauteLook’s sale events.

The full size palette is $36 (9.6 g), making this sample around $3 (1 g).



This Oval Concealer Brush (C224) from Crown Brush was a pleasant surprise.  I’m not entirely sure why my expectations were low, because I have their Deluxe Infinity Shadow/Crease Brush (C476 ; also received from Ipsy) and use it all the time.  The brush is soft, but the bristles are dense and tapered which helps to pick up and place concealer.  I did read some complaints from other Ipsy subscribers that their brushes were shedding, but luckily I didn’t have that problem.

The brush retails for around $3 on the Crown Brush site.



I think this eye primer from Mica Beauty is going to be hit or miss with people.  The formula is very dry and it takes some effort to get the product out of the pot.  That said, my eyelids are oily and the primer just works well on them.  It kept my shadow in place, stopped it from creasing… it did the job.

There was a bit of an uproar over this primer, as many subscribers said theirs showed signs of mold. Ipsy sent out an email stating that the discoloration was a result of air bubbles just below the surface, an unfortunate side effect of the cooling process.  That was the exact issue with mine; you can see the crack along the surface and a darker spot on that crack. An air bubble was just below it.  That was a relief, since I’ve received two foul products from Ipsy in the past – a rancid smelling lip gloss from Pop Beauty and a mascara that smelled of a mechanic’s garage from Be a Bombshell.

The full size (8 g) is $44.95 (yeah…), making the sample size (4 g) worth $22.50.



As a nail polish fan(atic), I am all about getting polishes in my subscription boxes.  So, thumbs up to Ipsy for sending one, I just wish it had been a color I would wear more often.  This polish from Julie G came in the color Damsel, a blue-based “mid-tone pink creme”.  The formula is average; two coats will completely cover the nail.  I haven’t tested it for longevity/wear, but if I base it off of the other Julie G polishes I own, it should be okay for a couple of days.  Of course, I’m pretty hard on my nails, so your mileage may vary.

This polish is full size and retails for $3.99.



And finally, here’s the Tinted Lip and Cheek Balm from Mullein & Sparrow.  The first thing I realized upon trying this product was that I would never be using it on my cheeks.  It’s just too greasy for that.  There’s not much in the way of pigmentation, though I read that the color may settle, requiring you to break up the balm and stir it.  I haven’t tested that theory.

The balm contains patchouli and orange essential oils, so there is an interesting scent that I suspect isn’t going to be super popular.  I think the orange works to tame the patchouli scent, and it reminds me of how fruit leathers smell.

Also, it’s kind of a bummer that it’s in a pot.  I think I’ve mentioned in the past how much potted lip products annoy me; I’m not going to dig my fingers into it while I’m out and about and I’m not going to carry around a lip brush to apply it.  For now, while the product level is near the top of the tin, I can just hold the tin up to my lips and swipe to apply, but who knows how long that will last.

The full size (1 oz) is $22 and the ‘sample’ size (0.25 oz) retails for $10.


Box Value: This month’s Ipsy bag was worth around $42.50.  It’s especially nice that I will actually be able to use all of the products, so I’ll get the full value of the bag (or something close to it).

If you subscribe to Ipsy, what did you receive this month?


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